We are helping a client achieve a long-held ambition to build an exciting and sustainable lifetime home. The house is gable-ended with functional shifts in geometry creating contemporary bay windows for more internal space, lateral views and a room projecting into the garden.
PLANNING We approached the planners with a bold yet sensitive design which balanced the client’s personality and elements of the local vernacular. The planners praised the bold design saying it would likely have been refused if a more traditional proposal had been submitted.
EXTERNAL FORM The house is gable-ended with functional shifts in geometry. For the front elevation, the corners of the building are aligned with neighbouring house frontages and the elevation angles forward as a contemporary bay window allowing lateral views along the street from the ground floor and first floor windows. An entrance porch is created by varying the angle of the ground and first floor elevations. The bay concept continues at the rear allowing the first floor master bedroom and ground floor living areas to project into the rear garden.
FAST GROWING The building comprises prefabricated insulated timber panels clad in vertical narrow larch for speed of construction, to provide a soft and ever-changing appearance, while referencing the nearby Epping forest.
LAYOUT AND LIFT The internal layout comprises a large open plan living area, fully glazed onto the rear garden with pitched ceilings and skylight reveals differentiating living kitchen and dining spaces. A study, with window seat, looks onto the front garden and trees. Bedrooms and bathrooms are on the first floor and a loft space within the pitched roof forms a large play and sleeping area for the client’s grandchildren. A lightwell connects each storey, bringing natural light to the centre of the plan. This is sized to house a future lift so the client can enjoy the whole house for many years to come.